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Old 04-19-2017, 12:43 PM   #1
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Hollow Points for the LCP?

Is it worth the effort? Do these short barreled guns develop enough velocity to even expand the bullet? ( I carried an LCP twice as a primary. I felt like I was wearing shower shoes to run a Marathon.)
 
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Old 04-19-2017, 01:00 PM   #2
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I originally carried fmj-fp's in my LCP; then switched to remington's 102-grain hp, thinking that 'if it expands, fine, but if it doesn't, I'm still throwing the heaviest bullet in the caliber'.

After checking out some tests, largely by shootingthebull410 on youtube, the rem 102 appears to seriously underpenetrate AND fail to expand. (They are the slowest bullet from my gun, out of any I've chrono'ed; but at that weight that's probably to be expected.)

Largely based on the shootingthebull tests, I switched to XTP's. Again, I have no way to know (short of shooting a bunch of dogs...) how well they will perform in reality, but worst case is that they act like an fmj; which is where I started. At this point I figure that sometimes "all you can do, is all you can do", and it'll still be a pocket mousegun, no matter what I feed it.

He's got dozens of videos on various .380 loads; this is some of them:

 
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Fwiw, the Fiocchi XTP loading; bare gel and four layers of denim:



 
 
Old 04-19-2017, 05:43 PM   #4
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I've got 200 rounds of Remington ball, I think that's good for a couple of years at lest. Don't try to make an Indy car out of a Volkswagen Beetle.
 
Old 04-20-2017, 01:42 AM   #5
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Mouse guns are all about placement. Either the bullet hits something that matters or it misses. Expecting some miracle opening of "petals" is unrealistic at best.

The best bullet shape for any velocity is truncated cone with a flat or hollow nose that encourages the bullet to "turn in" when it encounters additional resistance. Basically, a TC design, when it hits bone, will tend to deflect into the bony structure, whereas a round nose will tend to deflect away.

A good, TC "solid" is ideal for pocket .380's.
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